Apple to blossom into 3D with glasses patent
WHEN patent number 20100079356 was published on the US Patent and Trademark Office website at the beginning of this month, it was assumed that it was an April Fool joke.
But now it appears that plans for Apple to develop electronic spectacles that will allow the wearer to watch 3D films on the move are more rooted in reality than it at first seemed.
If the spectacles are indeed in development they will revolutionise the way films can be enjoyed on Apple's major products -- the iPod, iPhone and iPad.
The document shows how users would slot their iPod or iPhone into the head-mounted gadget. A lens in the glasses then projects the image so that it can be viewed comfortably.
The device would be fitted with a camera that would stream video of the outside world into a smaller screen in the glasses. If someone approaches the user or tries to get their attention, this would be detected by infrared sensors.
The concept of allowing consumers to watch films on the inside of a pair of glasses is not new. However, the images shown are not three-dimensional.
A spokesman for Apple said the company had no comment. (© Independent News Service)